Thursday, July 25, 2019

Solemn function at Kargil War Memorial on July 26; LG to pay tribute to Kargil War martyrs


 Port Blair, July 24: A solemn function has been organized on 26th July 2019 at "Kargil War Memorial" maintained by Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas along with other parts of the country to develop a sense of patriotism and sacrifice among the trainees and students.
The occasion brings alive the theme of the 20th Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas- 'Remember, Rejoice and Renew'. We 'remember' our martyrs by revisiting their sacrifices, we 'rejoice' by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we 'renew' our resolve to safeguard the honour of the Tricolour.
On this occasion, a tribute to the Kargil War Martyrs will be paid by Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency along with Member of Parliament and senior officers of the A & N Administration, PRI members, students and teachers at the Kargil War Martyrs Memorial in the premises of TGCE on 26th July 2019 at 0930 hrs.

Citizens' Corner 25/07/2019




* We didn't see much development in Port Blair as Smart City, but it's (PBMC's) EE, AE & JE are proved them self as Really Smart. Allegedly, involved in an 80 Lakh "Gapla" has come under limelight on Plastic Disposal Project.

* Plastic pet bottles of cold drink or water will put the environment at danger one day. Even at some receptions of 1000 people gathering are used to use packed pet water bottles these days, in an average 10 reception are happening in the city and the use of plastic bottles use is increase 100000 a day, apart from tourists in the Port Blair.

* Quality transparency, but compromised materials? Candidates these days, who have appeared for the written exams for various posts are alleges that, "Questions papers are unilingual i.e. English instead of bilingual i.e. Hindi & English which causes difficulty to other mediums. Moreover, answer sheet i.e. OMR sheets these days are provided as Xerox copy without QR or BAR Codes", which makes our eye brows high, beyond our idea!

Fireman K.P. Mammu of A&N Police Fire Service felicitated by DGP, A&N Islands


Port Blair, July 24: Shri. PC/1403 K.P. Mammu of A&N Police Fire Service has been felicitated by Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, A&N Islands on 22nd July, 2019 at Police Head Quarters by presenting a Momentoand a Commendation Certificate with Rs. 5000/- cash reward for his outstanding performance in the recently held "Asian Masters Athletics Annual Championship-2019".  He clinched three (3) Gold Medals in men's 100 mtr, 200 mtr sprint and Long Jump along with setting "New Meet Record" in the said tournament held at Colombo (Srilanka) from 13th to 14th July, 2019.  He was congratulated for setting an example and inspiring young athleties to achieve.  He was also congratulated for his great feat by all the Senior Police Officers, a communication from Superintendent of Police (Fire) said here.

20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration with living Heroes



Port Blair, July 24: On the occasion of 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration on July 26, 2019 with this year's theme "Remember, Rejoice and Renew", the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma with a vision to evoke Nationalism and Patriotism amongst students and youths in these Islands, has proposed to observe "Kargil Vijay Diwas" in a befitting manner and in true spirit at Auditorium of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology (DBRAIT) at 10 am on July 26, 2019.
Accordingly, patriotic speeches and war experiences will be shared by the living recipients of the Kargil and other Gallantry awards in various fields. 'In such occasions is the most appropriate to groom the young powerful mind of our islands in such a way that they remember supreme sacrifice of our martyrs in insurmountable odds for the mother nation', Member of Parliament visions.
The 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration at DBRAIT will be blessed by many prominent faces & living legends of our country such as: 1) Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra: Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra is an infantry soldier with more than 35 years glorious service to the nation. During Kargil war of 1999 he led his team into attack of well entrenched Pakistan Army beyond 15000 feet in Himalayan region he suffered heavy casualties, yet for four days kept attacking and finally got victory over enemy soldiers. For his leadership, bravery determination and sacrifices he was awarded the gallantry award of "Veer Chakra" on 15th August 1999 by President of India.
2) Col. Om Prakash Mishra: He is a veteran Infantry Officer from 1987 batch from IMA, Dehradun. He has been inducted into Artillery Division of Indian Army. He is 2nd generation army officer, he has served in Sri Lanka in counter insurgency terrorist operations and was a peace keeper. He was an instrumental in direct gun Battle combat in J & K terrorist and served in extreme weather conditions including Kargil. He fought Kargil war by encircling Tiger Hill Post with 8 Sikh soldiers and occupied the enemy post, during the operation he has been positioned as authorised observation Post officer. For his bravery and courage he has been awarded with "MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES", he is a Kargil hero presently serving in Indian Army.
3) Brig. J M Devadoss, Seva Medal: He is a veteran infantry Officer from 1974 batch. He was the first Officer to be commissioned in the Sikh regiment from Tamil Nadu. He had privileged to commanding two Infantry Battalions both in active operations; one in Jammu & Kashmir and second in operation PARAKARAM. He has also had the unique distinction of commanding the only amphibian brigade in India. He was the Tsunami Hero and awarded by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, then President of India with the medal and declared as HERO FROM HELL in the annual issue of OUTLOOK MAGAZINE January, 2006.
4) Brig Govind Sisodia, VSM (Retd.): He was involved in the operations against terrorism in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir and Mumbai terrorist attack on 26.11.2008. During the operation he was wounded twice. He was instrumental in capturing terrorist Ajmal Kasab. He has been awarded Vashist Seva Medal by Government of India.
5) Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra: Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra, Nausena Medal is an Indian Naval Officer who has become the first Indian to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world under sail in to 2013. He has awarded with Kriti Chakra on 2013 (2nd Officer in the Navy to be awarded with Kriti Chakra). He is a qualified maritime reconnaissance pilot. He has represented India in several International Events in sailing and featured as the only Asian entrant in the in the solo nonstop Golden Globe race. He became the first Indian, 2nd Asian and 79th Person to accomplish this feat.
6) Lt. Col Shvam Sunder Sharma, Shourva Chakra: His first posting was at Bihar regiment, he is a widely published poet and writer. A decorated and war wounded veteran who has been awarded with Shourya Chakra. A thoughtful poet whose poem and write-up were published in number of anthologies and magazines in India and abroad. He was a guest poet at Fermoy International Poetry festival at Ireland in August 2013 and the event coordinator of the Delhi Poetry festival 2014. A communication from the Member of Parliament Office, A&N Islands said here today.

Mobile Food Testing Laboratory flagged off



Port Blair, July 24: With the constant initiatives of A&N Administration, the Food Safety and Standard  Authority of India, New Delhi has sanctioned one more Mobile Food Testing Laboratory (MFTL) for these Islands, which will be stationed at Mayabunder to cater the need of North & Middle Andaman District.
Shri Chetan B Sanghi, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration flagged off the Mobile Food Testing Laboratory at a brief function held on July 22 in the Secretariat complex in presence of Principal Secretary (Health), Shri Vikram Dev Dutt and other senior officers of A&N Administration and officials of Food Safety Department. Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner Food Safety informed that the Department of Food Safety has brought a solution for the long pending demand of Islanders to get their food articles tested through a food testing laboratory.
The Mobile Food Testing Laboratory (MFTL) shall be performing three key activities. Firstly, shall provide a simple platform for testing common adulterants in milk, water, edible oils and other food items of daily consumption. Secondly, to conduct awareness programmes on food safety, good manufacturing and good hygiene practices and also to promote healthy eating habits among Islanders at large and the MFTL shall also provide training to various food handlers and supervisors engaged in food business, particularly petty food business operators, street food vendors and hawkers etc.
General public as well as food business operators willing to test their food articles can approach the MFTL along with their food samples for its analysis. At least three parameters of analysis reports shall be issued on the spot on payment of Rs.150/- per sample as fee prescribed by FSSAI. The MFTL van shall visit all parts of North and Middle Andaman District for conducting tests, awareness and training programmes. The van is manned with adequate technical staff.
The Department of Food Safety is committed to provide safe, wholesome and nutritious food to the general public. For further queries contact over phone No. 9434270539, 9474281888 or District Office control room of Mayabunder No. 03192-273137.

Police alone cannot achieve the desired goal; Departments like Education, Higher Educational Institutes, Sports, Social Welfare Organizations and other allied agencies can play a vital role in prevent children from venturing into the wrong path: DGP



Port Blair, July 24: The Director General of Police (DGP), A&N Police, Shri Dependra Pathak chaired the 6th discussion of the Andaman and Nicobar Police Study Circle on the topic 'Criminogenic factors causing delinquent behaviour among youth in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the role of stakeholders' on July 24, 2019. Representatives from different government agencies, health and educational institutions, and other allied departments participated in the discussion held at the Police headquarters.
Citing several factors that trigger delinquent behaviour among youth, the Director General of Police reiterated the commitment of Andaman and Nicobar Police to dispel criminogenic social conditions, through co-operative social action involving all stakeholders. "Compared to other parts in mainland, it is comparatively easy to contain the problem in these islands. However, the Police alone cannot achieve the desired results and collective efforts of all stakeholders including the media is imperative to promote social learning that builds self-control and reduces the inclination to indulge in behavior recognized as antisocial,' said DGP.
"There exist ample opportunities for youth in these islands. We've degree colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnics, industrial training institutes, Law college, medical college etc. All stakeholders should involve with the Andaman and Nicobar Police Circle and sensitize youth on the importance of education and motivate them to pursue studies and refrain from delinquent act that causes pain and disappointment to parents and others with them. As a society, it is our responsibility to prevent children from venturing into the wrong path. The Police alone cannot achieve the desired goal. Punishing some can serve as a deterrent, but promoting social control theory that proposes people's relationships, commitments, values, norms and beliefs and encourages people not to break the law holds the key. Departments like Education, Higher Educational Institutes, Sports, Social Welfare Organizations and other allied agencies can play a vital role in this regard," added the Director General of Police. 
Dr. Nilesh Behari, Psychiatrist, Kavita Shanmugam and Rohini, Professors of Andaman College gave a presentation on the subject. They also stressed on preventive measures and need to conduct sustained awareness campaigns to contain delinquency among youth in these islands.

Revamped children's traffic park, inaugurated



Port Blair, July 24: As part of Road Safety Awareness, Director General of Police, A&N Police Shri Dependra Pathak, inaugurated the revamped Children's Traffic Park on July 23, 2019. As chief guest Shri Dependra Pathak, IPS, DGP, A&N Police addressed the general public about the importance of Road Safety.
On the occasion, Shri Ravi Kumar Singh, IPS, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) addressed the gathering about the history and functioning of Children's Traffic Park since 1994. During Tsunami of 2004 the park suffered heavy damages. The park was reconstructed and started functioning in the year 2005. Since then it has been continuously open till Dec, 2018 for the need of facelift. Now, the park has been given a face lift and is renovated to make it more children friendly. New traffic signal lights, road signs and information hoardings have been installed across the park. In the facelift the other department DBRAIT, Transport, APWD & PBMC also contributed on their part.
In the year 2018, total of 17029 school children were educated about the traffic rules and road safety in the Children Traffic Park. This park is being operated and maintained by the Traffic Unit. During the programme Police Entertainment Team performed a skit on Road Safety which was widely appreciated by the gathering. Later, the chief guest flagged off the bicycle ride in the Children Traffic Park.

Shri Vivek Rae called on Lt. Governor DK Joshi



The pristine Little Andaman & Nicobars (with 31.22% of area & only 14.62% of population of A&N Islands) are poised for transformational development under aegis of IDA. Shri Vivek Rae (ex-Chief Secretary of A&N Islands), Chairman of the NITI Aayog Committee on Holistic Development of Little Andaman and Great Nicobar, called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on July 19, 2019. The committee consisting of vertical specialists and anthropologists, with stakeholder inputs over last 6-8 months, is at final stage to submit its recommendations. Sustainability, environmental and tribal welfare concerns to be fully addressed while recommending a development model.

Nominations invited for “MyAndaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019”



Port Blair, July 24: BiRam Technologies Pvt Ltd is introducing "MyAndaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019" to the people of A&N Islands.
Addressing a press conference on July 22 in the conference hall of District Industries Department at Middle Point, Mr. Sunil Gupta, CEO of the startup explained the vision, mission and the objectives of this initiative. He said that MyAndaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019 is a process to identify the entrepreneurs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, evaluate and award the desired and qualified entrepreneurs.
"Special recognition for women and social entrepreneurs of our islands is also arranged. Any entrepreneur with a Govt. recognized business can apply for the award under the following categories like Customer Satisfaction, Employee Satisfaction, Management, Innovation, Technology and Automation. Award can be applied for any business, entrepreneur, employee or a public nomination," he said. One can apply their nominations through website www.myena.in.    
He added that this event is not a competition but it is recognition. This event is going to be a base of an umbrella that would accommodate all entrepreneurs of our islands for mentorship and knowledge sharing through this platform.

Investors’ Meet on ‘Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites’ held




Port Blair, July 21: An ‘Investors’ Meet on Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites in Andaman & Nicobar Islands’ was organized by the Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration in association with ANIIDCO, in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here this evening. The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Deepak Virmani, Director (IP&T) Dr (Smti.) Angel Bhati Chauhan, Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator, Capt. Ashutosh Pandey, OSD to LG, Shri P. K. Singh, ACCI members & its President, Shri Girish Arora, AATO members & President, Shri M. Vinod, representatives from Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hoteliers Association of A&N Islands, Nicobar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, A&N Tourism Stakeholders Association, Andaman Nicobar Tour Operator Association, FORTO, Barefoot India and Shri Jitin Sahni from VP Project, Noida were among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the investors, the Secretary (IP&T), through a power point presentation elaborated on the proposal of the Tourism Department with the focus on promoting eco-tourism & quality based tourism infrastructures for the benefit of tourists in A&N Islands. He also threw light on the projects to be developed in participation with Private Sector under PPP mode and the status of the tourism projects to be developed in four selected Islands viz. Long Island, Smith Island (Ross & Smith), Aves Island and Shaheed Dweep under NITI Aayog in phase -I besides promotion of 12 eco-tourism sites under phase –II and development of amenities/infrastructure for 15 additional eco-tourism sites with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) as Consultant. The Secretary also solicited the participation of the private sectors in promoting eco-tourism projects in Isles.  
In her address, the Director (IP&T) highlighted about other projects by ANIIDCO and Tourism Department viz. development of Baratang way side amenities such as creation of parking area, restaurants, rest rooms, ATM etc., under PPP mode and development of Adventure Park at Swaraj Dweep by the Tourism Department for which 3 hect. of land is available for development of amusement /Adventure Park.
The Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator threw light on the current status of global marine traffic Islands & potential of South Bay in great Nicobar Island and development of Port Meadow and ship repair facility. The officer from Port Management Boar highlighted about transhipment port development in Isles. The GM ANIIDCO informed about the various projects to be implemented by ANIIDCO. The Deputy Director, Civil Aviation spoke about the progress in Civil Aviation Sector under RCS-UDAAN scheme, under which 18 seater twin engine aircraft will become operational by Oct. 1, 2019 besides introduction of seaplane services and wet lease of sea plane by A&N Administration and progress of new integrated terminal which is expected to be completed by June 2020. The Management Consultant (PBSC) highlighted about the projects to be taken up under Port Blair Smart City.
The ACCI President, Shri Girish Arora lauded the Administration for coming up with tourism projects for holistic development of the Islands, besides giving thrust on infrastructure development and connectivity.
This was followed by an interactive session in which the investors, members of ACCI, hoteliers, tours operators and associations provided their views & suggestions for the development Isles tourism. Earlier, the Manager (Tourism), Dte. of IP&T, Shri CG Vijay welcomed the gathering.

SOP for extending loan in Fisheries sector Awareness progs. for Isles fishers held


Port Blair, July 24: The Zonal Fisheries Office, South Andaman conducted awareness programmes on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) devised in consultation with Banks/Insurance Firms for extending loan in Fisheries Sector for the benefit of local fishermen of the Islands at Fish Landing Centre, Junglighat, Dugnabad village and Haddo village recently.
During the programme, fishermen were informed about various schemes and programmes being implemented by the Department of Fisheries for the benefit of fishers/tribes and other stakeholders by availing subsidy. Despite selection of large number of beneficiaries under each programme, only few beneficiaries have availed the benefits due to non-availability of sufficient finance from their end to meet the balance cost.
Further, to provide financial assistance, the Officers from Fisheries Department informed the fishermen about the SOP which has been worked out to extend loan by the Banks to the interested beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, so as to meet the balance cost excluding subsidy extended by the Department for such schemes. Interested fishermen have been requested to submit application forms under various programmes by July 31, 2019.

Model Career Center to organise Mini job fair on July 30


Port Blair, July 24: The Model Career Centre (Employment Exchange), Port Blair shall be conducting "Mini Job Fair" at premises of Employment Exchange from 10.00 a.m. onwards on July 30, 2019.  The aim of the event is to facilitate the placement of job seeker in automobile sectors. There are 40 Nos. of vacancies available in Automobile Sector. All interested job seekers and employer of Automobile Sector are requested to participate in the event. A separate room shall be provided for the conduct of recruitment process. For further information one can contact Assistant Employment Officer, Employment Exchange, over phone no 9434272233.

"Police recovered Ganja from the premises of Post Office Campbell Bay"

Port Blair, July 24: On receipt of information from the Post Office, Campbell Bay on 15.07.2019 at about 1200 hrs. regarding suspicious material in a parcel. A team was formed under the supervision of the SDPO Campbell bay comprising of SHO PS C/Bay, HC/Praveen, PC/Dhanraju, PC/A Sumathi & HG/Karmegam to put a trap to apprehend the persons involved in such illegal activity. Later on, two persons reached the Post Office and collected the parcel. When they were coming out from the Post Office the Police party intercepted them and conducted personal search of the persons and recovered 255 gms of illicit Ganja from a sealed cover. On interrogation, both the accused confessed to the offence and informed their names as (1) Rijuyan Halder S/o Samsuddin Halder (21 yrs.) & (2) M Shankar S/o Late T S Manmad Nair (37 yrs.) both R/o Campbell Bay. They were arrested after observing all codal formalities.
Further, general public are hereby requested to pass any kind of such information and illegal activities over Phone No. 03192-264210 & 100. The name of informer shall be kept secret and he/she shall reward suitably for passing such useful information.

Seva Niketan Pays Tribute to Gunner M. Dilli Rao

Port Blair, July 17: Mr B.Ishwar Rao, Councillor, P.B.M.C and Mr Mangat Ram, Secretary Seva Niketan Garlanded the statue and paid tributes to Shaheed M.Dilli Rao Gunner of 51 Field Regiment ( Artillery ) who laid down his life, fighting insurgents in Assam on 13th July 2002. At a function held on Saturday 13th July 2019 at Dairy Farm Junction, which was attended by Mr A. Chakraborthy, Warden and Inmates of Seva Niketan, Parents of the braved son, relatives, youths and the general public paid floral tributes to M. Dilli Rao. Inmates of Seva Niketan presented a patriotic song on this occasion. Gunner M. Dilli Rao was a student of Govt. Sec. School, Dairy Farm. Mrm. Mangat Ram briefed about the life of shaheed M. Dilli Rao to the Inmates and present gathering.

Traffic Branch issued 3318 challans in 6 days’ drive


Port Blair, July 17: It is to inform that Traffic Branch alongwith local police has conducted special drive against Heavy Motor Vehicles from 09/07/2019 to 14/07/2019 at different locations to curb the violators of over-speeding/ rash and negligent/dangerous/drunken driving and other various traffic violations in the entire Andaman & Nicobar Islands
During the drive a total of 3318 challans were issued against the traffic violators and a fine of amount Rs. 6,21,400/- was recovered and 381 trucks were booked for various sections of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 in the Port Blair area. Special emphasis was put on Heavy Motor Vehicles especially trucks and the truck drivers were challaned under various traffic violations like violation of route permit, without fitness, without insurance, dangerous driving, over speed etc.
Hence, once again the general public is hereby encouraged to follow the traffic rules and report the violations by vehicles to traffic police on Whatsapp number (9531892228) alongwith photographs, if possible.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thoratang Nallah Bridge Re-collapse; show-cause notice issued to respondent *The construction of this bridge is beyond engineering skill or what?


Port Blair, July 13: As per reliable information from the office of Assistant Commissioner (MA) on 12 July, 2019, says that the Bailey bridge on Thoratang Nallah near Swadeshnagar has collapsed again on July 11, 2019 at around 22.00 hrs. The bridge had collapsed earlier on 12th June, 2019 consequent to which its repair was undertaken by NHIDCL through the contractor Ravi Realcon Pvt. Ltd. who had duly given safety certificate on July 11 after its completion following which the bridge was thrown open for public transport for load class up to 40 ton capacity with effect from July 11. As per sources, the Assistant Commissioner (MA) issued a show-cause notice in this regard asking the General Manager of National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) to furnish reply within 5 days, failing which, necessary action as deemed fit will be initiated ex-parte.
Collapse of the bridge within 9 hours after it was restored prima-facia appears to be a case of faulty design/use of sub-standard material in its repair, which is a matter of investigation. In the notice it is directed to show-cause as to why an action should not be initiated against you for negligence while supervising the repair work of the bridge, thus jeopardizing the public safely and endangering their lives and properties,” said the Show-cause notice issued to the General Manager of NHIDCL on July 12, 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

“Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment problem”- Citizen



TMI Bureau
Port Blair, July 10: Despite of some possible opportunities available for youths, unemployment is still remaining a concern due to various reasons in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In the Government Sector: except A&N Police, IRBn, and A&N Fire Service, most of the departments have open gates for entry of mainland candidates while filling up any vacancy in the A&N Administration through online or by offline, which finally leads to grab the opportunities of islanders in the absence of domicile (law) in the A&N Islands.
Secondly, the recent recruitment of about 1000 MTS posts filled by A&N Administration for various departments in the A&N Islands. One can scrutinize, several highly qualified (B.Tech., Post Graduate, B.Ed., and Engineering, etc.) candidates were also applied for the Metric pass jobs (Multi Task Staff), and got selected for respective jobs as per merit, and the actual Metric or Intermediate qualified candidates were failed to compete with highly qualified due to obvious reasons.
In the Private Sector: here are vast opportunities available in the Islands for youths, thanks to our Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, for launching various loan schemes since 2015 to help the youths who have dreams to become entrepreneurs. Some youths are engaged with business groups like Tourism, Travels, Small & Micro Industries, Showrooms, Merchant Shops and Sales and Supplies, etc. in the A&N Islands and earning for their livelihood.
Still the concern of unemployment is one rise in the islands among youths due to some surprising reasons. Speaking to this correspondent an Auto-rickshaw driver said, "Sir, I am an Auto-rickshaw driver and driving Auto-rickshaw only, and I don't have any other job, just by this I am earning for my family. But, here are many Auto-rickshaws running in the city are driving by government servants especially the PBMC department workmen. Despite of their government service, they are competing in our business, what to do?"
Another private worker from Hut Bay, Little Andaman revealed a shocking tale on condition of anonymity, that "a Junior Engineer of Electricity Department at Hut Bay apart from his salary, is in regular practice of drawing payment in the name of a DRM (his wife) who never present in office, but always present in the attendance sheet for past a year". 
As per reliable sources, it is come to the notice that many government servants are involved in various businesses in the name of another person (Benami) from driving Auto-rickshaws to supplying items to the Departments and from Tourism Business to plying vehicles on lease in various departments. Consequently, the opportunities which are open to unemployed youths are getting closed by the greedy minds of government servants at several occasions. Thus, "unemployed youths are demanding for a strict vigilance to find the unhealthy minds in the A&N Administration which are becoming an obstacle between unemployed youths and opportunities. Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment in the islands", says a citizen.

Diversion of domestic LPG cylinders; Civil Supplies Deptt. conducts inspection; seizes 56 cylinders

Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs is receiving frequent complaints from various corners of this UT, regarding diversion of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which is a gross violation of Clause 13(1) of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation of Supply & Distribution Order, 2000 framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
To eradicate this malpractice, the Enforcement Wing of the Department of CS&CA conducted a surprise inspection of the trading premises of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsil, in which 19 cases were found and 56 cylinders were seized from the offenders. Relevant cases were booked under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and are under process.
Taking a serious note of such violation, the Department of CS&CA has advised all the individual/hoteliers/ firms running in this UT to refrain themselves from any kind of unfair trade practices as well as diverting of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which may lead to any type of violation framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and Rules/regulations framed under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, failing which,  strict legal action as deemed fit as per the law shall be initiated against the offenders.
Further, the Department has appealed to all the LPG consumers that in case of any complaints in this regard, the same may be brought to the notice in writing, of the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair. The LPG consumers can also lodge their complaint over telephone No.03192-230337 & toll free Phone No.18003453197.

Fisheries Deptt. celebrates National Fish Farmers day


Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Fisheries organized a programme at Freshwater Fish Seed Farm, Nayagaon on the occasion of National Fish Farmers day today (July 10, 2019). The day was celebrated in remembrance of Scientists Dr. K.H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhry, who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957. The Secretary (Fisheries), A&N Administration, Smti. Nitika Pawar, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The chief guest stressed upon the need for better co-ordination between the Department and Fish Farmers for promotion of Freshwater Fish culture in the Islands. She directed the Department to strengthen the extension activities for disseminating technical information as well as the schemes available for the benefit Pisciculturists to undertake freshwater fish culture. The Department was advised to start a toll free number for responding to any queries of farmers on Freshwater Fish farming. She also highlighted about the various initiatives being taken by the Department for promoting aquaculture activities and betterment of Fisher communities. The Secretary also appreciated the efforts of the Department in promoting the systematic way of Fish farming in the Islands.
Earlier the Director of Fisheries, Dr. Utpal Kumar Sar briefed about the importance of National Fish Farmers Day and appealed the farmers to adopt advanced scientific methodologies for improving the pond production. He also informed the gathering on the initiatives of the Department for meeting the seed and feed requirement of farmers.
An interactive session was organized, wherein the Fish farmers invited attention of the Department on various issues related to freshwater aquaculture activities. The Secretary directed the Department to take immediate steps for redressal of the grievances. On a suggestion put forth by the farmers, the Secretary agreed to constitute a committee comprising representatives of fish farmers, Department of Fisheries and other institutions to attend the farmer's grievances and also to share information on technological advancements to farmers. The Secretary also distributed live fish seed packets of genetically improved Jayanti Rohu, which has shown promising growth rate in ponds, to all the farmers present on the occasion. The fish seeds are produced by the Department Hatchery produced. Altogether 50 Fish farmers from different areas of South Andaman attended the programme.

Free Breakfast Scheme launched for PBMC Sanitary Workers

Port Blair, July 10: The Port Blair Municipal Council started free Breakfast Scheme for sanitary workers of PBMC w.e.f July 08, 2019. This scheme was launched at 8:30 am at Khaitan Kalyan Mandap, Junglighat.
PBMC Chairperson, Mrs. Ansuya Devi, Secretary PBMC Sunil Anchipaka, Senior Vice Chairperson, Mrs. Protima Banerjee and others Councilors were present on this occasion.
As per reports, 1400 sanitary workers will be benefited from Free Breakfast Scheme. Addressing the gathering Senior Vice Chairperson, Protima Banerjee expressed her gratitude towards Secretary PBMC for thinking about the sanitary workers and keeping this proposal in front of the Lt. Governor of A&N Islands and Chief Secretary of A&N Administration, from where it was immediately sanctioned.
PBMC Secretary Sunil Anchipaka said that the sanitary workers leave home in the early morning and most of them were at work continuously, that's why they do not get time to have their breakfast in the morning, which leaves bad impact on their health.
He said that this could be achieved with the cooperation of the Lt. Governor, the Chief Secretary and help of all PBMC staffs viz Executive Engineer, Avinash Kr. Singh, SC, H.M. Linga Raju, Senior Officer, Tivari, Junior Engineer, Mrs. Uma.
The PBMC Chairperson Ansuya Devi said that Prime Minister Modi has always thought about the poor person and because of this scheme sanitary workers will get breakfast on time.

Tourism Deptt. to organize training prog. at Port Blair & Swaraj Dweep

Port Blair, July 10: The Tourism Department, in association with Make My Trip (under CSR) is conducting a training programme at Port Blair and Swaraj Dweep for Tourist Guides, Operators and Drivers. The details of the training is as given below:
Course: Hospitality, Management, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism
Date         : 15th July, 2019 at Port Blair and 16th July, 2019 at Swaraj Dweep
Duration : 1 day
Fees        : Free of cost
Eligibility: Tourist facing front - line staff (Tourist Guides, Drivers, etc.)
The interested candidates may apply for attending the course with their Bio-data and pass port size photographs (2 nos.). The application should be submitted on or before 12th July, 2019 in the Planning section of the Directorate of Tourism positively by 5:00 pm.

Haat at Junglighat Market on Saturdays & Sundays

Port Blair, July 10: The farmers of Shaheed Dweep have been demanding to allot a suitable place at Port Blair to market their naturally grown vegetables & fruits. In response to their demand, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration directed for providing old Fish market at Junglighat for this purpose. Accordingly, the Department of Agriculture, A&N Administration with the objective to popularize organic farming/naturally grown vegetables among the farming community, organized Haat (Buyer- Seller meet) for the farmers of Shaheed Dweep so that they can sell their naturally grown vegetables at the old fish market at Junglighat directly. The farmers can sell their farm produce weekly twice; on every Saturday and Sunday.
Four farmers from Shaheed Dweep brought their farm produce and sold directly to the buyers at this market on July 6, 2019. Farmers can directly interact with the buyers and shall be able to meet their demand as per their requirement. The general public have been asked to avail the benefits from 12 noon to 3 pm on every Saturday and from morning hours on Sundays.

SWAYAM-NPTEL; registration of 358 courses open till July 15


Port Blair, July 5: In order to make the students placement ready, equipped with certification courses on newer subject area as well as on conventional areas, the A&N Administration is keen that the faculty and students of various higher education institutes should undertake online courses from SWAYAM platform, a project of MHRD, GoI designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. Under SWAYAM-NPTEL, the registration of 358 courses, available across various disciplines is open for the Jul-Nov 2019 run till July 15, 2019.
The different course category and number of courses include Aerospace Engineering (6 courses), Agriculture & Food Engg. (7), Architecture and Planning (5), Biotechnology And Biosciences (14), Chemical Engineering (17), Chemistry and Biochemistry (18), Civil engineering (27), Computer Science and Engineering (48), Electrical Engineering (36), Humanities And Social Sciences (25), Management (30), Mathematics (17), Mechanical Engineering (39), Metallurgical And Materials Engg. (13), Mining Engg. (01), Multidisciplinary (17), Ocean Engineering (1), Physics (11), Textile Engineering (5), Earth Science (3), Bio-Technology(19), Design Engg. (4).
SWAYAM seeks to bring the best of teaching in the country to all to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy. Interested candidates may register themselves free of cost online https://swayam.gov.in/explorer or https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in. The certification exams shall be carried out through MOOCs and will be conducted at Dr. B. R Ambedkar being the Local Chapter of SWAYAM-NPTEL courses.

IGNOU Awareness Camp held at ANCOL


Port Blair, July 10: A promotional meeting on Add-on programmes of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been conducted at Andaman College (ANCOL), Port Blair on 10th July 2019. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. Jayakumar, the Principal of ANCOL, Port Blair wherein he stressed on the importance of Add-on Programme and Dr. Meera Shetty welcomed the Gathering. Dr.T.R. Satyakeerthy, Assistant Regional Director, spoke on various add-on programmes that are being offered by IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair. More than 100 students participated in the programme.

Think about next generation, this way!; “Let us feel free to plant more trees and get oxygen free”


Port Blair: We are all aware about the increasing problem of deforestation in India - across rural and urban areas. According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) survey - over the last 30 years, nearly two-third of the forests the size of Haryana have been lost to encroachments (15,000 sq km) and 23,716 industrial projects (14,000 sq km). The total forest and tree cover is spread across 802,088 square km, which is 24.39 percent of the geographical area of the country.
According to the Indian forest department, for every tree fallen, ten tree saplings should be planted to make up for its loss. But this practice is rarely followed. We all know that, Forests help us maintain ecological balance and reduce carbon footprints. However, hectares of forests are cut down or burnt every millisecond. Unimaginable, isn't it? Can we even exist in a world without trees and forests?
Background: Celebrating the importance of tree, Van Mahotsav was initiated in the year 1950 to celebrate the importance of growing and saving our forests and create awareness about the ill effects of deforestation.  It is an annual tree planting festival in the month of July. During this festival thousand of trees are planted all over India. It was started by K. M. Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food at that time to create awareness and the importance of the conservation of forests and planting of new trees.
The name Van Mahotsava means 'the festival of trees'. It began after the July 1947 tree planting drive in Delhi heralded by national leaders like Dr Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru participated. The festival was simultaneously celebrated in a number of states in India. Since then, thousands of saplings of diverse species are planted with energetic participation of the locals and various agencies like the forest department.
Other benefits of tree planting: To increase production of fruits, which could be added to the potential food resources of the country. *Help create shelter-belts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity, *Provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests, *Boost soil conservation and prevent further deterioration of soil fertility.
No doubt, Governments, non-profit organizations are working hard to fight deforestation and  increase awareness. But to create a real impact, we all have to do our part.
Plant more Trees: Encourage your friends in your community to plant a tree and help keep your local forest safe (If you have one in your area). Every patch of green is worth saving.
Put pressure on companies that are destroying forests to manufacture their products by not buying from them. Support brands with zero deforestation policies and environment friendly products and encourage people to do the same. Be aware and ask how the products you buy are being made. Go green. Practice the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to lower the need for more raw materials from Trees.
Fast Forest Facts: 13 million hectares of forest have been converted for other uses or destroyed by natural causes. Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation. By the year 2030, we might only have 10% of Rainforests left and it can all disappear in a hundred years, 10% of the world's forests are now protected areas. This is roughly the size of India. Cures for diseases have been found in plants and the raw materials come from our tropical rain forest.

Seminar on Startup India held


Port Blair, July 5: In an effort to mobilize the students and entrepreneurs of these Islands to become Startups leading to increase in employment in these Islands, Directorate of Industries, A&N Administration in association with Invest India Startup Team of Department for Industrial Development and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India organized a one day seminar on “Startup India” today (5th July 2019) in the Conference Hall of Directorate of Industries, A&N Administration. Shri Indu Shekhar Mishra, Secretary (Ind.), A&N Administration was the chief Guest of the inauguration session. The inauguration session started with planting and watering of plant by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present in the seminar, symbolizing “Go green, save planet” concept.
The chief guest launched the Andaman and Nicobar Startup Website, which will enable the interested startups to online submit applications for various incentives under A&N Innovation and Startup Policy, it will also help the startups to get a know how about the new initiative of the Administration for development of Startups in these Islands.  
In his address, the chief guest requested the entrepreneurs and students to take up their self employment ventures and provide employment. He also requested the startups to avail the various benefits of Central Government and Andaman and Nicobar Administration for strengthening their startups.
Shri Ajit Anand, Director of Industries, A&N Administration welcomed the Guest and the participating students, startups and entrepreneurs. He informed the gathering about the various initiatives of Directorate of Industries to nurture the seeds of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for building an enabling eco-system in these Islands. He informed that A&N Islands with its Andaman and Nicobar Innovation and Startup Policy has become the first Union Territory to have its Startup Policy. He also informed that the operational guidelines for fiscal incentives under the policy has been notified and uploaded in the National Portal of Startup India and also in the Administration website. He detailed about the various incentives available under the startup Policy.
Shri Nishant Malhotra, Assistant Manager, Invest India gave a wide picture about the seminar and its objective. He also detailed about the various Central Support available for startups.
The inauguration session was followed by technical session, where Shri Aaqib Hussain, Director (I & We), Mr. Anirudh Rastogi, Founder IKIGAI Law, CA Anushk Kapoor, Co founder (Fitdote) and Mrs. Reema Jain, Gugair Advisors, LLP explained the gathering about the various aspects of Startup like Do’s and Don’ts while starting up, 10 mistake startup makes etc. Shri Nishant Malhotra, Assistant Manager, Invest India gave a presentation on Startup India.
The Seminar was attended by 150 students/startup’s and entrepreneurs. The technical session was followed by a pitching competition wherein Mr Tarun, Ms. Yasmin, Mr. Ujval Lall, Mr. Bikash Barua, Mr Vinod Varma, Mr Sunil Gupta and Mr Shivam Giri pitched their innovative idea. The Announcement of winner of pitching competition shall be declared through twitter handle of Startup India.